Reviews For Down Under The Blues
One-year Adelaide resident, Mike Festa (ex-New York and the Shakin' Stevens band). Festa's brand of blues is not far removed from Australia's home-brand stuff: earthy, heartful and with more power and passion than polish. Festa's guitar work is snappy and equally at home with America's rambling west coast vibe or with the kick-buttock Chicago sound.
Mike Gribble
Adelaide Advertiser

American blues musician Mike Festa moved to Adelaide last year from its sister city of Austin in Texas - but the first time he performed on stage here was actually 16 years ago, when he toured with UK retro rocker Shakin' Stevens. "I was his lead guitarist in 1982 and I fell in love with the place,'' Festa says. "We played the Thebarton Town Hall - probably in its heyday - and I remember it being jam-packed .''The 14 original songs were written by Festa in Texas before he moved but the album was recorded here, with his band of local musicians and guest guitarist Chris Finnen, for local label Round Records. "It's not an American product - it's South Australian, one hundred per cent,'' Festa says.
Patrick McDonald
Adelaide Advertiser